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Planetary Resources To Build Crowdfunded Public Space Telescope

DeionXxX Re:Um, excuse me (60 comments)

... you might be a troll but...

They've always said step 1 was creating all of these small cameras to send into space to look for asteroids. This way they can catalog all the asteroids first and what they're made of. Then they can go get the ones they are interested in. We apparently only know of a fraction of asteroids currently in our solar system and only know what a few of them are made of.

about a year and a half ago

Bloomberg To HS Grads: Be a Plumber

DeionXxX Re:Skils || Trades == Jobs (368 comments)

I think that has to do a lot with education too. Just because you're a plumber doesn't mean you don't read or have interesting hobbies that can help you relate to those with PhD's.

I think your family would prefer you being with someone you love that is also financially stable, than with someone who has a degree but no real job opportunities in this economy (see poli sci, etc)

about a year and a half ago

Bloomberg To HS Grads: Be a Plumber

DeionXxX Skils || Trades == Jobs (368 comments)

People with skills and trades will almost always find work even in shitty economies. If you know how to make something, build something, or fix something that everyone uses, then someone is probably going to pay you to do that.

My advice to kids, whether family or kids I mentor, is to finish school with a skill. Doesn't matter if it's programming or plumbing.

about a year and a half ago

Ask Slashdot: What's Holding Up Single Sign-On?

DeionXxX Facebook SSO / Windows 8 (446 comments)

Facebook is doing SSO really well for stuff that's just not that important. Sign in to random websites/games/apps/forums with a single click.

I wouldn't want SSO for my bank/finances/medical though because of the single point of failure issue.

However, for PC's Windows 8 now allows you to log in with your Windows Live credentials (not sure if you could do this before)... I personally liked that feature since you can log onto different PC's/tablets around the house without reconfiguring things.

more than 2 years ago

Eben Moglen: Time To Apply Asimov's First Law of Robotics To Smartphones

DeionXxX Re:Encyclopedia Galactica (305 comments)

I've run into this lately as an Android developer. A lot of the things we need to do like notifications require things like reading phone state, booting at start, etc just to work. If I want my app to be able to send you a notification I have to add 5 new permissions to my app (that didn't require them before).

So while some apps do "spy" on you, there are a lot more with scary looking permissions just because they're trying to implement some small feature that requires them to declare all of these upfront even though they probably won't be using them directly.

For example, the Urban Airship library which allows for push notifications, it requires the following:


Besides "INTERNET" my app doesn't need any of the other permissions.

Reference: https://docs.urbanairship.com/display/DOCS/Getting+Started:+Android:+C2DM+Push

more than 2 years ago

Using Shadows To Measure the Geysers of Enceladus

DeionXxX Least comments ever. (27 comments)

This article has the least comments I've ever seen for an article on the homepage. Only 16 comments after 7+ hours. What's happening with Slashdot??

more than 2 years ago

Millions of Subscribers Leaving Cable TV for Streaming Services

DeionXxX CanIStream.It (380 comments)

I actually built a site/app called "CanIStream.It" ( http://www.canistream.it/ ) just because I wanted to get rid of cable, but I didn't want to search across all of the services. Plus I knew movies would eventually get to the service I had (Netflix, Hulu, Amazon) so I built a reminder system into it. Now when I hear about a movie somewhere, I just pull out my (free!) app and tell it to remind me when that movie is out on Netflix/Hulu/Amazon/etc. I don't get to watch everything right away, but at least I know I'll watch it eventually. /plug

more than 2 years ago

Is Google+ a Cathedral Or a Bazaar?

DeionXxX No Value (200 comments)

Pseudonyms and Anonymous users provide absolute no value to Google. Google isn't a charity, it provides services because of the data it gathers about users for targeted advertising.

Facebook / Twitter / etc also rely on advertising and user information but they don't care about fake information because these fake accounts make their site look good to investors. Google on the other hand actually cares about REAL data, they don't want their algorithms to be soiled with fake data.

more than 3 years ago

Using Prime Numbers to Generate Backgrounds

DeionXxX Re:Really learned a LOT from that one (180 comments)

CSS3. Lots of cool stuff in there. Background gradients, rounded corners, animation, etc.

more than 3 years ago

IPad 2 33% Thinner, 2x Faster, iOS 4.3

DeionXxX Re:33% thinner, 2x faster, 500% does anyone care? (1118 comments)

And sadly will never be released... iPad 2 comes out in 9 days. That's really one of the biggest issues other manufacturers have... they announce something, everyone is excited, then people wait 6+ months to buy it... but by that time... 3 more competitors have announced new things, and they're shipping it in 3-4 months afterwards... so everyone sits there and waits... eventually no one buys anything.

As opposed to Apple announcements that usually go something like this: hype -> announcement -> excitement -> pre-order or purchase -> deliver within a week to a month.

more than 3 years ago

Coder Accuses IBM of Patenting His Work

DeionXxX MOD PARENT UP! (249 comments)

This is a great explanation of what's actually going on in this case.

about 4 years ago

Hacked iRobot Uses XBox Kinect To See World

DeionXxX Re:Less ad money? (124 comments)

This is true for all analog -> digital advertising. Digital advertising is so enticing to brands because they can MEASURE how their ads are actually doing. Are people looking at my ad? Are they interacting with it? How long? Are then then going to my site? Are they buying something? Are they coming back later? Did they invite someone else? Did those people come to our site? Did they buy something? On and on and on...

Those are all questions we can answer now with digital advertising. You couldn't do that with "analog" ads in print, on TV or Radio.

So at first companies stopped spending as much, then they realized that their normal ads didn't work, but soon, they started spending much more money on digital because they could maximize their returns now.

So in this case, advertisers might start buying less ads if they see that people are ignoring them and leaving the room. However, advertisers will soon figure out what works and we'll have ads that are better tailored for the experience and will make people actually watch / interact with them. This happened with TV ads too... once DVR's became popular, advertisers created ads just for DVR's.

more than 4 years ago

Details of Android 3.0, SIP, Video Chat

DeionXxX Re:Catch up (188 comments)

I don't know about you, but my experience is MUCH worse. Flash ads on a desktop might be a bit annoying but on a Droid, they completely make the site unusable. Also, I am a Flash and Android dev and the performance if you want to do any normal "Flash" stuff is horrendous. Try doing anything that involved drawing to the screen. Unless all you have is a static app you can't make a performant Flash app on Android yet. It's just not possible.

more than 4 years ago

Details of Android 3.0, SIP, Video Chat

DeionXxX Re:What The Fuck Are You Babbling About? (188 comments)


A bunch of phones are on that list and under $50.

When I got my phone, my wife got hers (Droid Eris) for free. There were a bunch of other promotions like buy a Droid X and get any other phone for free etc... It's stuff like this that inflates the numbers. My wife probably wouldn't have gotten an Android based phone and she doesn't download apps in the marketplace or anything like that. So I don't think developers are benefiting from these low-end android phones.

more than 4 years ago

Details of Android 3.0, SIP, Video Chat

DeionXxX Re:What The Fuck Are You Babbling About? (188 comments)

Great troll. I believe the numbers posted on TechCrunch yesterday say it all... both platforms are accelerating neck and neck ... iOS devices had 300k/day activations in the past month. Which is similar to Android.

Also, these numbers are getting inflated because lower end phones are being sold with Android now. So it's not like people are picking between Droid and iPhone so it's apples to apples... it's more like iPhone 4 vs Crappy $50 Android Phone. Those aren't technically direct competitors.

On the other hand, iOS activations could iPod Touches and iPad's which isn't quite fair either.

Lastly, suck a dick.

more than 4 years ago

Details of Android 3.0, SIP, Video Chat

DeionXxX Catch up (188 comments)

It's disappointing that they are now playing catchup again. How about some features that the iPhone doesn't have that it would want to copy? Android may have some great devs behind it but they surely don't seem to have anyone that is trying to come up with new and interesting things to put on the Android (like some sort of "idea man"). Everything they seem to do is to make it more and more commoditized and more generic. I'm not saying they shouldn't work on things like Video Chat, but I think they should also try to come up with that one "great new shiny thing" at least once a release. Flash was a complete bomb since it took months and months for it to roll out to everyone and then it was super buggy and slow. Pretty soon, phone manufacturers aren't even going to advertise "This phone is using Android"... because there's no buzz about it anymore. Consumers could hardly care less about building in "me too" features 6-12 months after a competitor's phone has it.

This is from a long time Android user.

more than 4 years ago

Lost Online Games From the Pre-Web Era

DeionXxX BattleTech 3056 / 3065 (186 comments)

I seriously spent a good 2 years and 5-10 hours a day depending on whether I was on vacation or not on those servers.

I'd love nothing more than an MMO with Mechs.

more than 4 years ago

Mozilla Unleashes JaegerMonkey Enabled Firefox 4

DeionXxX Kinda Sad (279 comments)

Anyone else kinda sad that now Firefox is playing catchup. When no one cared about JS performance, the Open Source crowd was king, then all of a sudden big corporate money was poured into JS performance and now FOSS is lagging behind.

It seems that FOSS can't compete head to head with corporate backed projects, if the corporation actually cares. For example, MS didn't care about JS performance in IE6/IE7 and Firefox was king. Now, Microsoft is trying to compete in the browser space again and IE9 is catching up in features and exceeding Firefox in certain respects.

This is coming from a very long time Firefox user, but I have definitely switched to Chrome for general web browsing. I stick with Firefox for development though because of the large amount of niche plugins specifically tailored for development.

more than 4 years ago



A quick way to find out where a movie is available

DeionXxX DeionXxX writes  |  more than 2 years ago

DeionXxX writes "We recently launched a new web and mobile call called CanIStream.It to easily search across various site to figure out if and where a movie is available for streaming/rental/purchase instantly. If a movie is not available, you can set a reminder and the site will email you when the movie is available.

We built the site and the app for the community, and we've been listening and adding more services and features. We're not trying to do everything and build a huge service, just a small tool to search quickly for a movie to watch."

Link to Original Source

Using the Internet with Learning Disabilities

DeionXxX DeionXxX writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Alex Petrescu writes "I have been tasked by a Non-Profit Organization to figure out if we have the technology available to build a website that would serve as a community / learning tool for young adults (14-30) with learning disabilities / mental impairment / mental retardation. As part of my research, I'd like to ask the Slashdot community to share their experiences with friends or family with mental retardation in respects to using the internet. We have resources at the organization that have done various studies into this topic however I think that the Slashdot community can provide great insight into this problem.

So here are my questions:
  • How do they interface with the computer?
  • What are some of the problems you've encountered?
  • What can suggestions can you provide to improve the user's experience?
  • What barriers have you found to finding a resources or websites that the user could use?

Things we are looking into:

  • Text-To-Speech
  • Interactive video
  • Audio Cues for all actions
  • Video / Audio based Forum
  • Limited vocabulary for the website

Thank you for any insights you can provide."


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